Tips for flying with a toddler – pt 2

I already covered taking a flight with a toddler in He’s Flying!ย however I thought it was a good idea to do an update as Friday’s experience was one I won’t be forgetting in a hurry…

We had a lovely week’s holiday in Spain and 24 hours before we were due to leave we decided to get the online check in out of the way. We’ve now started using the app rather than printing the boarding passes so thought it would be a doddle. However, when we looked at the seat numbers we’d been assigned I got a sick feeling in my stomach. My seat was row 14 and E and my husband were sat in row 21 eek! Why did we leave checking in til so late – it’s just that we’ve never had a problem before! I’d love to have gone back in time and done it a few days earlier (mind you if I had the power to go back in time I’d have restarted the holiday too!)ย Although I was now dreading the flight, that’s nothing unusual, so we decided to get on and enjoy our last day.

Fast forward to boarding and as normal we weren’t in a rush to get on so I kept myself busy splitting the snacks we had into two separate bags as we now wouldn’t be able to share them very easily being seven rows apart. As we got to the top of the steps I explained to the stewardess what our predicament was and she said she would try and look into it. We got to row 14 and I nearly freaked out. What we hadn’t realised was that while my toddler was in 14 C, my husband was across the aisle in 14 D! Sooo a two year old was going to have to be sat next to strangers! This was not good news for us or the couple sat next to him. I don’t think anyone no matter how nice would be up for babysitting a toddler for two and a half hours for free. Yes my husband was an arms length away but there would be a busy aisle between them. With no one paying close attention there wouldn’t be much left on the catering trolley once it got past him!

While the air stewards kept saying they’d do their best to sort it out, with no one willing to switch seats we were out of time. My last resort was to ask the couple in 14A and B if they minded if I sat next to him for take off and then the lady could come and reclaim her seat once the seatbelt sign went off. Thankfully she agreed and while normally I’d be a bit anxious for take off I was just grateful that I was sat next to E. He was of course none the wiser about the situation and just enjoyed the excitement of the plane zooming into the air!

As the seatbelt sign blinked off I turned around to offer the lady her seat back, however I was so grateful when she said not to worry. Fortunately she was happy nattering away to another passenger which made me feel better. With our situation now resolved we could sit back and relax – not. However I was so happy I didn’t mind playing, joking and singing for the remaining couple of hours in the slightest. We will certainly be learning from our mistake…

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